Raising kids is hard work, and we know that as a parent, you are busy juggling schedules, appointments, snacks, meetings and bedtimes. That is why at KidsBracesNYC, we work to make your child's orthodontic experience the best it can be. Ensuring proper care and maintenance of healthy teeth for your little one is key to their overall well-being. But this goes for parents too, many of whom could probably use a refresher course on how, when and where to start their child's dental hygiene regimen.

Over the next couple of days, we will be talking about how to ease your child into proper tooth care at each stage of their young lives. It is important to remember that dental health needs to be a consideration as early as six months old, which is when teeth start to break through the gum line. Generally, children have all their baby teeth by the age of three, with permanent teeth starting to come in by age six.  

With so much dental development happening early on, it is wise to implement a hygienic routine for your little ones. One of the biggest problems with healthy tooth growth for babies is using bottles too excessively.

Even though milk promotes strong bone development, drinking from a bottle for extended periods of time can actually harm your child's teeth. You should take the bottle away when your baby is done drinking from it, and you should not put your baby to bed with a bottle. Limiting the amount of time that your child has with the bottle will increase their chance for healthy tooth development.

Stay tuned to our blog in the coming days for more ways to help your kids develop good dental and orthodontic hygiene habits. As your child gets older, you may want to consider kids braces to help them have the brightest smile possible. Contact us today to learn more about your options.